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‘Victim Shaming’

Aly Raisman slams suggestion that banning leotards will protect gymnasts from sexual abuse

By WITW Staff on March 27, 2018

When more than 250 people accused USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault, the organization was forced to reckon with its handling of such allegations — and how it can better protect its athletes in the future. Among the gymnasts who testified against Nassar was three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who recently pushed back against the idea that barring gymnasts from wearing leotards will help safeguard them from abusers.

“I was recently asked if gymnasts should continue wearing leotards. Leotards r not the problem,” Raisman wrote on Twitter. “The problem is the many pedophiles out there & the adults who enable them. By saying clothing is part of the issue, u are victim shaming/implying survivors should feel it’s their fault.”

Nassar recently received two prison sentences — the first from 40 to 175 years, the second from 40 to 125 years — for perpetrating decades of sexual abuse. As Yahoo reports, Raisman filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this year for failing to investigate allegations against the disgraced doctor.

“I cannot adequately capture the level of disgust I feel when I think about how this happened,” she said while reading a statement against Nassar at his sentencing hearing in January. “Larry, you abused the power and trust I and so many others placed in you, and I am not sure I will ever come to terms with how horribly you manipulated and violated me.”

Last month, the gymnast once again refuted the notion that women’s dress contributes to their abuse. She posed for Sports Illustrated with a powerful phrase painted onto her body: “Women do not have to be modest to be respected.”

Read the full story at Yahoo!


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